Man accused in Ladysmith attempted murder case seeks new lawyer

The 72-year-old Cedar man accused of attempted murder in Ladysmith is now asking for time to find a new lawyer.

Calvin Jerome Buchanan appeared on Wednesday morning in a Duncan court by video link from the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre where he’s been detained since mid-April.

According to the Crown, Buchanan’s lawyer James Heller of Victoria is out of the country and won’t be returning until June 28.

However, the accused told the court he wasn’t happy with his lawyer and wanted to find a new one.

“I’m not doing nothing wrong. I’m not hiding nothing. I just need to change my lawyer,” he said.

Judge Roger Cutler is allowing Buchanan two weeks to find new legal representation or decide on whether to proceed with Heller as his attorney.

Buchanan was charged by Ladysmith RCMP on April 19 after allegedly trying to run over a 52-year-old man with his vehicle.

Police said both men were known to each other prior to the incident.

Buchanan is under a court order not to contact his wife, son or the victim while in custody.

The next court date is set for June 14.

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